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(Finally) Hitting My Food Budget

by Heather

It’s been a long work in progress but I finally hit my food budget!  If you’ve been following for a while you’ll remember at the end of last year I set out to reduce my food budget to $400/month.  Normally I’d spend anywhere from $550-$700/month so it was a big drop in spending. 

It took me months of trying and getting kind in close, but never at, or under that $400 mark.

I’m happy to stay that April was a success. Yes yes yes!!!

The total spent in April was $380 and there is just one major contributing factor that helped me get there – Jacob put me on a budget.

Instead of having $400 available at the beginning of the month, I’m only given $100 each Friday.  The $100 is cash so I know I only have that much to spend at the grocery store opposed to just swiping my debit card.

Knowing that I only have so much cash in my wallet has actually made me spend less.  It’s kind of like a game, how little can I spend?  The last thing I want to do is tell the cashier to take items off because it added up to more than I thought.  It happened once and it wont happen again. 

We were gone for 1 week in April so May could be more of a challenge since we’ll be home the whole month, but I’m so ready for that challenge!

We’ve still been eating tasty, homemade meals.  You CAN eat healthy on a budget!  My crockpot has been a saver lately, both with chili and these yummy pineapple meatballs I’ll be sharing with you tomorrow!

On a completely different note, if you’re in the mood to read about a healthy habit of mine anyone can do, go check out my guest post over at The Healthy Apron.  You’ll see a pretty awesome picture of me too.

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Faith May 7, 2011 - 7:41 am

Congrats on meeting your budget goal finally. I am struggeling now with it espciall after coming back from a long vacation. We are low on everything so pray for us 🙂

Get Healthy with Heather May 8, 2011 - 5:57 am

That would make it a challenge. You’ll get there Faith!

Molly @ RDexposed May 7, 2011 - 3:35 pm

I need to put myself on a stricter grocery budget since my student loans gouge me too much every month.

Alaina May 7, 2011 - 3:55 pm

Congrats on keeping on budget!! I think what helps me stay in budget is that I don’t buy meat. If I’m going to have meat, I’ll have it when I go out to dinner.

Get Healthy with Heather May 8, 2011 - 5:53 am

That would definitely help! Great plan.

Allie May 8, 2011 - 4:02 am

Yay for hitting your budget! This goes to show that you can do anything if you put your mind and effort into it!

Kelly May 8, 2011 - 6:03 am

Wow…$400 a month…impressive!! I am going to try that cash trick!

Get Healthy with Heather May 8, 2011 - 6:53 am

It’s the only thing that worked for me!

Erica May 8, 2011 - 10:52 am

Good for you! Again- I think that is just awesome! I’m terrible at food budgeting. Maybe I should make Josh give me a budget too. Hope you’re having a great weekend

janetha @ meals & moves May 9, 2011 - 10:02 am

Good job. I need to make a budget–I am so bad with spending on food!

Get Healthy with Heather May 9, 2011 - 4:08 pm

I was too until Jacob put me on a budget. Now it’s like a challenge, so much fun!

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